Those who are looking after elders in their family, whether a parent, grandparent, or someone else, should be wary of their loved one falling. If your loved one has already been through a fall, chances are you know how scary it can be. However, their risk of having it happen again or something even worse happening is a risk that should be considered. Here's why your elderly loved one may need additional care.
Risk of Injury
Falling doesn't feel good at any age, but it's much tougher on elders than young people. That's because after the initial fall there is then the recovery process.
Falling in old age is risky because elders' bones tend to be thinner and weaker than young people's. As a result, it's easier for older people to experience a bone fracture when they fall. Hip fractures are particularly common and extremely dangerous for the elderly, as recovery from it is complex and takes a lot of rehabilitation.
To make matters even worse, elderly people simply heal slower than younger people. The body isn't as effective at replacing old, damaged cells, and as a result, it takes longer to rebuild bone, muscle, and even to carry away dead blood cells that have caused bruising. If your loved one managed to not have any of these problems, it may not stay that way.
Risk of Falling Again
If your loved one has fallen once, there's a strong likelihood that they'll fall again. Unfortunately, this means that the risk of your loved one becoming seriously injured increases, as each subsequent fall can be harder on them than the last one.
Chances are that you and anyone else living in your elders' household aren't able to look after them all the time. If you have a job, let alone a family or kids of your own to look after, it's not the easiest thing to manage. This is why it's time to consider getting in-home care.
An in-home caregiver can do a lot for your loved one. They can be there to help them through the most difficult and dangerous parts of their day, like taking a shower. Usually, a helping hand is enough to help prevent falls and injuries. However, in the event that your loved one does fall, they'll also be there to help them up, assess them for injuries, and call for medical aid if they find something wrong. Don't leave the future to chance. Hire an in-home caregiver and rest easy knowing your loved one will be safe. To learn more, contact an in-home care service.